Veterans' Registration Policy
Veterans’ Course Scheduling Preference Policy
Bucks County Community College, in support of those that have served our country, will grant Veteran Students course scheduling preference for credit courses. At Bucks, this means that Veteran Students who have been approved for this preference, have no outstanding obligations, and have met all academic advising obligations, will be allowed to register on a designated day(s) prior to the first day of Priority Registration for the general student population (usually mid-April for Fall registration and m id-November for Spring registration). This opportunity is extended to all full-time and part-time Veteran Students, as well as active duty service members, whether or not they are receiving education benefits. In addition, dependents and family members receiving education benefits under the appropriate GIBill® are eligible for this program.
A Veteran Student is a student who:
- Has served in the United States Armed Services, including a Reserve Component and National Guard
- Was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable
Course Scheduling Preference is defined as:
- A designated day(s) whereby veterans and/or active duty service members may register for upcoming courses prior to the time when registration is opened to the general student population and/or other select groups of students that qualify for early registration.
If a Veteran Student is enrolled in one of the college’s selective admission programs, the veteran student will receive preference provided all other eligibility criteria are equal (for example: GPA, class status, etc.)
Act 46 of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as define in the Act, with preference in course scheduling. Non-compliance may be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by submitting the Higher Education Student Complaint form found at www.education.state.pa.us.
Veterans and/or their dependents or family members currently receiving benefits under the GIBill® are automatically eligible to take advantage of priority registration and will receive an email alerting them to the priority registration dates. Additional notices will be posted on the website, in registration materials, in the catalog and in the Admissions, Records, Registration and Financial Aid Offices, as well as in other locations throughout the campus including the Veterans’ Lounges on each campus.
Veterans who are not currently receiving benefits under the GIBill® and active duty service members must complete the Identification Form for Priority Registration.
In order to exercise this benefit, a copy of this form, along with the Veteran’s DD-214 or other discharge papers, or for active members, a copy of the active duty military ID, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions via one of the following methods:
- Postal mail or in-person delivery to: Bucks County Community College, Admissions Office, Linksz Pavilion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA, 18940
- Email from your Bucks Student Email Account to: VAbenefits@bucks.edu.
Students will receive confirmation of eligibility via their Bucks Student email.
Students will be directed to the Bucks website for a list of Priority Registration Dates.
Questions regarding this policy and/or procedures, should be directed to the Veterans’ Coordinator.